It took just over two hours to dig through this year’s WGEL watermelon and count each black seed.  When the juice settled there were 421 seeds this year. 

Five entries guessed the number right on the money.  We choose a winner at random from those five and Holly Davis of Greenville was the big winner. Thank you to the hundreds of people who stopped by the WGEL booth at the Bond County Fair and guessed the number of seeds in the watermelon! And congratulations to Holly Davis!


Holly Davis, of Greenville, won $100 Cash,

flowers from Floral Designs by Cindy, four tickets to Holiday World,

two passes to play golf at Oak Brook in Edwardsville, and four country music CDs. 


The Bond County Sheriff’s Department is currently investigating the recovery of several vehicles north of Mulberry Grove.  According to Sheriff Jeff Brown, at least one of the vehicles has been confirmed as stolen.  This is the latest in a string of incidents which has been plaguing the Mulberry Grove area, including theft, burglary, and home invasion.

As a result, there will be a meeting tonight at 7:00 p.m. in the Mulberry Grove Park Community Building for all Mulberry Grove residents who are interested in organizing a Neighborhood Watch Program.  For more information on the meeting, call the Mulberry Grove Village Hall at 326-8815.

Sheriff Brown encourages all residents of Bond County to lock their homes and vehicles.  Do not leave your keys in your car.  If you witness any suspicious activity, call the Bond County Sheriff’s Department at 664-2151.



The construction work along Hena Street was originally scheduled to be completed before the beginning of the school year.  WGEL spoke with Greenville Public Works Director, Bill Grider, who told us all of the sewer lines have been installed and backfill has been placed.  Crews will look inside the lines today to make sure there are no cracks or bad joints in them. 

The last step in the process is to repair the road, which should take about two weeks to complete.  Greider told WGEL they are still waiting on some pricing information from a contractor, but once they have that, the process will begin quickly. 

Greider expects the work to be concluded shortly before school starts, or very quickly after it begins.  If the work is still going on when school starts, students are encouraged to take special caution while travelling on or around Hena Street until the project is complete.


Bond County recently joined the list of counties in Illinois to have mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus.  Penny Dixon, with the Environmental Health office at the Bond County Health Department, told WGEL about the testing process when looking for West Nile virus in mosquitoes.

Dixon said she captures mosquitoes from six locations throughout Bond County, capturing anywhere between 100 to 900 mosquitoes each time a net is placed.  Mosquito batches are brought back to the health department where they are frozen.  Two days later, the frozen mosquitoes are ground up and put in a solution that is tested for West Nile virus and St. Louis encephalitis.  If the solution tests positive, Dixon notifies the State of Illinois about the positive test, and where it was captured.

Dixon emphasized the best way to prevent West Nile Virus is to reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home and to avoid getting bitten as much as possible.




In their meeting Tuesday, the Bond County Board approved a resolution opposing a Life Safety Code.  Legislation was recently proposed in Illinois requiring certain new buildings to be installed with sprinkler systems.  The legislation was quickly withdrawn after several groups opposed the increased costs associated with it.  State’s Attorney Bauer told the board that even thought the legislation was no longer pending, there were state groups angling to get the rule put into place in an administrative capacity.  He said if the administrative rule is approved, there will be public hearings on the matter and local governing bodies are advised to have an official resolution opposing the measure on the books.


Sports physicals will be offered Tuesday, August 13th from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Greenville High School for students planning on participating in the 2013-2014 sports season.  Parents need not be present, however, the athlete must have the IHSA physical form with them.  Sports physicals cost $30.  Checks can be made payable to Greenville Regional Hospital.  Incoming freshman must have a full physical to be able to participate in athletics.  IHSA sports physical forms are available in the school’s main office or at www.Athletics2000.com/Greenville.  For more information, call the Athletic Director’s office at 664-5580.



The Greenville Public Library Trustees will meet today at 4:15 p.m.  The agenda includes an annual financial report and reports from the library director, the head librarian, and various committees.


Alice Rice

Alice Rice, age 90, of Greenville, passed away Tuesday, August 6, at Helia Health Care.  Funeral services for 90 year-old Alice Rice will be Saturday, at 2:00 p.m., at the Greenville Free Methodist Church.  Burial will be in Mt. Auburn Cemetery.  Friends may call Saturday, from 12:30 p.m. until service time at the church.  Memorials are suggested to the Greenville Free Methodist Church.  The Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville is in charge of arrangements.

Glen T. Donnelly

Glen T. Donnelly, age 88, of St. Jacob, passed away Wednesday at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland.  Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.  Burial will be in Highland City Cemetery.  Friends may call Friday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home.  Memorials are suggested to Disabled American Veterans.

He was born August 22, 1924, in Highland, IL, the son of Thomas William and Irma --- (nee Bader) Donnelly.

On April 25, 1953, he married Zelda Theresa Hundsdorfer who survives.

He was a member of UAW Local in Granite City, IL - former member of St. Jacob Town Board.

Glen was born on Deck's Prairie, Northwest of Highland, where he grew up on a farm. As a young man he worked as a farmhand and later worked as a welder. He had worked at OA Smith(26years), B-Line(15 years), Stove Co. in Belleville, and Granite City Steel. Glen had been a St. Louis Cardinal Fan since the 1934 World Series. He loved to read, enjoyed watching TV and listening to Country Music, especially Johnny Cash. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather.

Survivors include :
Wife - Zelda T. Donnelly nee Hundsdorfer, Saint Jacob, IL
Daughter - Sandra L. (Timothy) Roberson, Okawville, IL
Grandchild - Jonathan L. Roberson, Okawville, IL
Grandchild - Aaron L. Roberson, Lake St. Louis, MO

He was preceded in death by:
Father - Thomas William Donnelly died 2/4/1951
Mother - Irma --- Donnelly nee Bader died 6/2/1963
Sister - Matilda Monken
Sister - Anna Hayes
Sister - Ruth Abert
Sister - Pearl Weinacht
Sister - Infant Donnelly

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